The 42nd National Book Fair starts today Friday, 28 March and runs until 7 April. This huge annual fair, held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, features booths from all publishers and booksellers in Thailand. While most of the titles are in Thai, there are some stalls selling discounted English books for kids in Bangkok, from picture books to young adult novels. Below are additional local (and inexpensive) English Kids Books for children of all ages. Happy reading!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Section 1 of Chatuchak houses one of the largest, low-priced English kids book sources in the city. Here, you can find many different types of children’s books, from hardcover picture dictionaries to paperbacks and comics. Prices are cheap, starting from as low as 20 baht a book, and you can still bargain, especially if you buy multiple items. The selection may seem hit-or-miss but for those with time and patience, you are sure to find a gem or two under those dusty piles.
Dasa Book Café
Dasa Book Café, between Sukhumvit Sois 26 and 28, offers a good selection of used books in a cosy setting. Its kids’ books are housed in a little nook on the second floor and the titles range from hardcover picture books to pre-teen paperbacks. Dasa will also buy or exchange books, so if you’ve got books you no longer want, bring them with you.
Neilson Hays Library
A Bangkok institution, the Neilson Hayes Library houses a great Children’s Corner filled with a diverse selection of new and classic titles, as well as reference books, for kids of all ages. Curl up on a beanbag chair or sit at one of the small tables and read aloud together – no one will mind! The library hosts a themed Saturday storytelling session each week for the younger set, with reading, snacks and crafts.
Bangkok Christian International Library (BCIL)
An independent, privately funded library, Bangkok Christian International Library has a sizable collection of faith-building publications in a home-like atmosphere. The library offers a welcoming children’s room with books and toys, and it hosts a children’s storytelling event every Saturday that is open to the public.
The Reading Room
On the top floor of a three-story shophouse, The Reading Room is a funky space that serves as a contemporary art library and archive. There are regular talks, screenings and workshops that are relevant to art and contemporary culture. Some offerings may be of interest to older teens.
TK Park at CentralWorld
Part of the government’s nationwide effort to foster a love of learning in children and youth, the huge TK Park, located on the 8th floor of CentralWorld, offers an unconventional library, as well as an impressive range of multimedia resources. English titles are available, and kids can settle themselves in the reading hive or other comfortable nooks to read. A valid Thai ID card or passport is required for registration.